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Brian Cashman quoting an advanced statistic I'm not familiar with


"Looking at his 2008 minor league totals, Cashman noted that Igawa’s QERA or QuikERA — a statistic that estimates what a pitcher’s E.R.A. should be based on his strikeout rate, walk rate and ground ball-to-fly ball ratio — was 4.52."

Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 2


Tom Tango answers questions at BP. Here's a snippet: 1) What sabermetric advancement do you think is the least-appreciated by a majority of franchises? 2) I like to flatter myself that I'm an 'early adopter' to the sabermetric perspective on the game, even though it's been so many years since its introduction and uptake by those like yourself. Is sabermetrics already 'mainstream' in your mind, or how long do you think it will be til it is? 3) What was / will be the tipping point to #2? 1. Regression toward the mean. 2. Sabermetrics will always be on the leading edge. There's no need for it to be in the mainstream. If the mainstream wants to adopt, they know where to find us. If they want to ignore us, they can. We're there to make sure they don't misuse numbers, that's all. 3. I hope it never happens, actually. You look over to your left and right to make sure that whoever wants to be part of the movement has the tools and knowledge to join in. There's no sense in looking over your shoulder to make sure everyone comes along. They aren't in a burning building they are trying to escape. They are on the beach, and they can decide if they want to come surfing with us or not. But I don't need them to tell me that I'm drowning people with numbers. We're giving out surfboards, and they can decide if they want one. And then we'll be happy to make sure they don't drown.

The Definitive Sabermetric Guide to Managing - Beyond the Box Score


"One of the key tenets of the new baseball thinking, which I will refer to as "sabermetrics" for the sake of ease, is that teams should try to find market inefficiencies and exploit them to gain an advantage over their opponents. But this concept has not yet trickled down to the managerial ranks in any significant way. I contend that there are significant advantages to be had by MLB teams by having their managers act more "sabermetrically". And I am quite curious as to why general managers have not pushed their managers in this direction. I would argue that they should." Required reading for fans and managers alike.

Heat Maps: What They Show, and Mistakes to Avoid | FanGraphs


PITCHf/x heat maps are awesome, but it's very easy to misinterpret them and make oneself look like a fool. Steve Slowinski breaks it down for us.

Mets Statistical Analyst Ben Baumer Speaks


From the article: Mets GM Omar Minaya poses ideas to him, often via email, and Baumer will run the numbers to see if they’re true. He said he’s one of 8 or 10 people who can offer their two cents when a decision is being made, such as a trade or in free agency (though he doesn’t do much work with the Draft).

Mike Silva Chronicles: Part 1 - 5


Mike Silva Chronicles - Part 1: UZR "… I rightfully accused Mike Silva of farting his opinion on sabermetrics. He made his summary opinions without evidence, or in other words, bullsh!t. I called him out to ask questions and gather evidence, before having an opinion. He said he’d send me questions, and he did. Ten of them. " [sic] "… this will be the first thread in a series of ten."Mike Silva Chronicles - Part 2: WARMike Silva Chronicles - Part 3: WAR and finances Mike Silva Chronicles - Part 4: FIPMike Silva Chronicles - Part 5: Stat saturation via THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball

Biz Of Baseball: Two Clubs Have No Analytics Team


Per Maury Brown: While there has been a sense that sabermetrics is now part of MLB, some are using it only sparingly, while two clubs have yet to get on-board with the objective analysis world, at all. The Mets employ some sort of analytical group so it's not them. Any guesses?

Pitch Type Linear Weights now available at FanGraphs


For those that don't know what PTLW are: they essentially tell you the quality of a particular pitcher's pitch in terms of runs, i.e. Zack Greinke's slider has been +5.9 runs better than the average slider and his fastball has been +14.5(!). For comparison, Livan Hernandez's fastball has been 8.3 runs worse than the average fastball. For more on PTLW, check out this THT article. I can't believe this site is still free to use. Amazing.

All About BABIP - Brew Crew Ball


Terrific primer on BABIP by the ubiquitous Jeff Sackmann.

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